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    Shock and sorrow marked the world's reaction to Wednesday's (4 April) execution of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

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    GV Residence of Mir Bhutto in Kensington, London.

    SV, Mir Bhutto walks out of house to speak to reporters. (2 SHOTS)

    GV Ambulance outside Islamic Council of Europe ZOOM INTO demonstrators with placards of ex-Premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, police nearby. (2 SHOTS)

    SV ZOOM INTO Mr. Sibghat Kadri interviewed by John Darby.

    GV & CU Building and plaque, Islamic Council of Europe.

    SV INTERIOR Scattered pamphlets and newspapers condemning death of Bhutto. (2 SHOTS)

    BHUTTO: "Well, I don't want to say much. I came just to tell you that (INDISTINCT) tragedy. And they've tried to break our father. They've tortured him for two years. They couldn't do that. They tied to ruin his political name and now they've killed him. We have nothing to be ashamed of. They have buried a martyr today."

    REPORTER: "When did you first here the news?"

    BHUTTO: "Four o'clock in the morning."

    REPORTER: "How do you feel about not being at the funeral?"

    BHUTTO: "Terrible, naturally. Terrible."

    REPORTER: "There's been a great deal of international pressure on General Zia to reprieve your father. Were you surprised it went ahead?"

    BHUTTO: "They've shown they're capable of anything. The military has shown they're capable of doing anything."

    REPORTER: "What sort of reaction would you expect in Pakistan now?"

    BHUTTO: "I honestly don't know. I don't like to comment on that. My mother and sister are there still. And we just do not know what the conditions are with them."

    DARBY: "Mr. Kadri, could you tell us briefly what happened?"

    KADRI: "Well, people are very much grieved at the death of Mr. Bhutto, the murder of Mr. Bhutto. Of course, today there was a symbolic protest. We came to the Islamic Council of Europe not only because it is an organisation funded by Saudi Arabia and Libya. And we wanted to show the Libyans and the Saudi Arabians that it is now time that they should stop funding General Zia-ul-Haq's government and secondly funding this place because this place has got (INDISTINCT) who is a minister, advisor to General Zia-ul-Haq. And he sits here. And we can't understand how is it that the Libyans are paying for the man who has aided and abetted the murder of Mr. Bhutto."

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    Background: Shock and sorrow marked the world's reaction to Wednesday's (4 April) execution of the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. In London, his eldest son, twenty-four-year-old Mir Bhutto, warned that "whoever is responsible for this murder is going to pay a very heavy price for it". British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, made the last of three appeals for Mr. Bhutto's life on Tuesday (3 April). Mr. Callaghan said he "deeply regretted" that the death penalty was invoked.

    SYNOPSIS: In London, Mr. Bhutto's eldest son, Mir, spoke to newsmen at his Kensington home.

    About twenty Pakistanis demonstrating against the hanging of Mr. Bhutto occupied the Headquarters of the Islamic Institute for Europe, in London, late in the day. The council, which has several Pakistanis on its staff, exists to further the interests of Islam in Europe. Mr. Sibghat Kadir, of the standing Conference of Pakistani Organisations, was one of those demonstrating. He spoke to Visnews reporter, John Darby.

    Mr. Salem Azzem -- Saudi Arabian Secretary-General of the Council -- was hurt in a scuffle as demonstrators burst into the Islamic Council building. But police, who outnumbered the demonstrators, entered the building, and herded them into a corner. And so the occupation to protest Mr. Bhutto's hanging was short-lived.

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